|Offense||24th||114.0 (9th)||218.8 (26th)|
|Defense||29th||140.4 (30th)||242.2 (15th)|
|24||Abdul-Quddus, Isa (FA)||SS||6-1||196||8/3/1989||7||Fordham|
|23||Ajayi, Jay||RB||6-0||229||6/15/1993||3||Boise State|
|Allen, Chase||LB||6-3||225||//||R||Southern Illinois|
|Allen, Nate||DB||6-0||210||11/30/1987||8||South Florida|
|Barrow, Lamin||LB||6-1||237||11/29/1990||4||Louisiana State|
|56||Butler, Donald (FA)||OLB||6-1||242||10/17/1988||8||Washington|
|84||Cameron, Jordan (FA)||TE||6-5||265||8/7/1988||7||USC|
|Chapman, Winston||LS||6-2||236||4/15/1992||R||Mississippi State|
|38||Chekwa, Chimdi (FA)||DB||6-0||190||1/7/1988||5||Ohio State|
|92||Denney, John||LS||6-5||242||12/13/1978||13||Brigham Young|
|Doughty, Brandon||QB||6-3||217||10/6/1991||1||Western Kentucky|
|Fales, David||QB||6-1||212||10/4/1990||3||San Jose State|
|Fasano, Anthony||TE||6-4||255||4/20/1984||12||Notre Dame|
|Ford, Isaiah||WR||6-2||195||2/9/1996||R||Virginia Tech|
|Godchaux, Davon||DT||6-4||299||11/11/1994||R||Louisiana State|
|19||Grant, Jakeem||WR||5-7||172||10/30/1992||2||Texas Tech|
|48||Gray, MarQueis (FA)||TE||6-4||255||11/7/1989||5||Minnesota|
|Haack, Matt||P||6-1||185||//||R||Arizona State|
|Hayes, William||DE||6-3||278||5/2/1985||10||Winston-Salem State|
|45||Hull, Mike||LB||6-0||233||5/25/1991||2||Penn State|
|Johnson, Storm||RB||6-0||216||7/10/1992||2||Central Florida|
|Jones, Dominique (FA)||TE||6-3||270||8/15/1987||5||Shepherd|
|14||Landry, Jarvis||WR||5-11||206||11/28/1992||4||Louisiana State|
|Larsen, Ted||G||6-2||315||6/13/1987||8||North Carolina State|
|Lewis, Malcolm||WR||6-0||187||//||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|36||Lippett, Tony||CB||6-3||194||7/2/1992||3||Michigan State|
|21||Lucas, Jordan||SS||6-0||204||8/2/1993||2||Penn State|
|McMillan, Raekwon||LB||6-2||243||11/17/1996||R||Ohio State|
|McTyer, Torry||DB||6-0||174||4/10/1995||R||Nevada-Las Vegas|
|Miley, Arthur||DE||6-6||270||3/3/1993||2||Southern University|
|8||Moore, Matt||QB||6-3||225||8/9/1984||10||Oregon State|
|Okoye, Lawrence||T||6-6||304||10/6/1991||2||No College|
|Pantale, Chris||TE||6-5||254||3/22/1990||1||Boston College|
|42||Paysinger, Spencer (FA)||LB||6-2||249||6/28/1988||7||Oregon|
|Poole, Terry||T||6-5||300||2/27/1992||2||San Diego State|
|30||Rambo, Bacarri (FA)||FS||6-0||211||6/27/1990||5||Georgia|
|Saint Fleur, Joby||DE||6-5||245||11/22/1992||R||Northwestern Oklahoma State|
|87||Scott, Rashawn||WR||6-2||204||1/29/1992||1||Miami (Fla.)|
|17||Tannehill, Ryan||QB||6-4||216||7/27/1988||6||Texas A&M|
|Taylor, Vincent||DT||6-3||310||1/5/1994||R||Oklahoma State|
|Thomas, Julius||TE||6-5||256||6/27/1988||7||Portland State|
|Timmons, Lawrence||LB||6-1||234||5/14/1986||11||Florida State|
|91||Wake, Cameron||DE||6-3||263||1/30/1982||9||Penn State|
|Watts, Brandon||LB||6-2||231||1/21/1991||3||Georgia Tech|
|94||Williams, Mario (FA)||DE||6-6||300||1/31/1985||12||North Carolina State|
|Young, Sam (FA)||T||6-8||320||6/24/1987||8||Notre Dame|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Despite possessing status as Miami's No. 2 tight end behind Dion Sims, Gray was almost exclusively contained to special teams work on Sunday. This is nothing new as the converted college quarterback has only been involved in the passing attack in games this season when both Sims and Jordan Cameron (concussion) sat out (forcing Gray to start). With Cameron an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, there's a chance Gray will maintain his current slotting on the depth chart in 2017, but his role in the offense is unlikely to change considering the Dolphins' indifference towards featuring tight ends.
Misi's contract was originally set to have a cap hit of $6.5 million but the restructured deal is undoubtedly less. The veteran linebacker played in just three games last season and has yet to be cleared to return to full activity. When healthy, he'll be one of the team's top reserve linebackers behind starters Kiko Alonso, Lawrence Timmons and Neville Hewitt.
Howard had already amassed 28 tackles throughout the first four weeks of the season before going down with a knee injury, so his return should be a boost for the Dolphins' secondary unit.
Fasano previously spent five seasons (2008-12) in Miami, where he cemented his reputation as one of the league's better in-line blocking tight ends. He had a career-low eight receptions last season in Tennessee, despite playing in all 16 games for the sixth time in his 11-year career. With recently-acquired Julius Thomas serving as the receiving threat, Fasano's role in Miami will he heavily tilted toward the blocking side.
Branch performed well for Miami in 2016, recording 49 tackles, including 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. The specifics of his contract haven't been released, but he'll likely be locked up with the team for at least the next few years. He'll figure to again start for the team at defensive end.
Abdul-Quddus suffered nerve damage in his neck and shoulder prior to being placed on injured reserve in December. At this point it is unclear if he'll ever play again. Neck injuries are not taken lightly and he'll have to make a full recovery in order for teams to look at signing the safety. Miami may need to prioritize the safety position in free agency and the draft now that the team will be without Abdul-Quddus, who was second with 78 tackles in 2016.
Drake mostly just served as a change-of-pace option in his rookie campaign, taking a back seat to lead runner Jay Ajayi while also competing with Damien Williams for touches. With Ajayi seemingly locked in as the workhorse and Williams set to become a restricted free agent, Drake's shot at an expanded role may depend largely on his ability to contribute on passing downs. He should at least have a key role on special teams, after returning 13 kickoffs for 397 yards (30.5 average) and a touchdown last season.
Williams contract is worth around $1.8 million for the 2017 season. He held out from signing for two months after he was initially tendered, but it doesn't appear as though he had any better offers. He figures to be in the backup mix in Miami behind Jay Ajayi this season.
Parker has had a couple of foot issues since being drafted by Miami that has hurt his performance. The Dolphins are hoping that a complete bill of health will allow Parker to be a legitimate threat on the outside opposite Jarvis Landry. The Dolphins have the pieces in place to be one of the better offenses in the AFC and a healthy and productive Parker can only help to speed up that process.
The final numbers look more than adequate from a fantasy perspective, but three untimely mistakes ultimately defined Moore's afternoon and sealed the Dolphins' fate. Moore lost the handle on a late second-quarter sack by James Harrison deep in Steelers territory, and then repeated the dubious feat on the opening possession of the third quarter when he was separated from the ball by Mike Mitchell at the Steelers' 42. The veteran signal-caller then failed to see Ryan Shazier on a pass over the middle for Jarvis Landry on the next possession, leading to an interception and return by the former to Dolphins' 25-yard line. Moore otherwise hung tough on a day when he was brought down five times overall and hit on many other occasions, including one instance when he had to leave the game for one play after a hard hit by Bud Dupree. Although he ultimately couldn't get his team past the opening postseason game, Moore once again validated his reputation as one of the NFL's most capable backups with his performance over the last three weeks of the regular season and Sunday's contest.
Smith wasn't picked during the 2017 NFL Draft, but the Dolphins are going to give him a shot as an undrafted free agent after signing him to a contract. In his senior campaign with Michigan, Smith carried the ball 180 times for 846 yards and 10 touchdowns. While he could provide depth as a big, bruising back that can fight through tackles, his overall speed may hurt his chances of making the final roster.
Considering Williams' poor 2016 season, during which he recorded only 1.5 sacks and was eventually replaced as a starter by Andre Branch, it is not surprising to see him get the axe. He would have been owed $10.5 million against the cap in 2017, of which the Dolphins save $8.5 million by releasing him. With Williams gone, Branch could yet again be called upon to start on the Dolphins defensive line.
McMillan (6-foot-2, 240 pounds) is a former top recruit who proved a standout performer in a tough Ohio State defense, finishing the 2016 season with 102 tackles, including seven for a loss. With 4.61-second speed, McMillan profiles as an eventual three-down player for the Dolphins.
Johnson appeared in six games with the Jaguars during his rookie season in 2014, but he's bounced around since then without landing on an active roster. He'll have an opportunity throughout the upcoming offseason to prove himself in Miami.
The report further claimed, per a source, that there was no physical violence with his girlfriend, but that his phone was smashed.
Running back Demitrius Bronson, wide receiver Douglas McNeil, tight end RaShaun Allen, tackle Justin Renfrow, guards Nate Isles and Drew Nowak, defensive ends Ryan Robinson and Julius Warmsley, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, linebacker Mike Zimmer and safety Dion Bailey will look to compete for spots on the final 53-man roster in 2015.
This is an interesting signing for the Dolphins, considering that McDonald is suspended for the first eight games of the season due to a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. The 26-year-old recorded 64 tackles, two interceptions and a sack last season with the Rams. He figures to serve as a reserve safety and possible special-teams contributor once he returns from his suspension in early November.
Over the past 10 seasons with the Steelers, Timmons established himself as a leader on defense, only missing two games in his career. In Miami, he'll play alongside linebackers Kiko Alonso (thumb) and Koa Misi (neck). Last season Timmons recorded 114 tackles (78 solo), five pass deflections, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble through 16 games.
The Dolphins let go of Earl Mitchell earlier in the offseason to free up cap space, leaving a starting defensive tackle job up for the taking. While Phillips has indeed shown flashes of becoming an impact player the past two seasons, the 2015 second-rounder has also performed poorly at times, and will therefore need to prove that he can operate at a consistently effective level in order to maintain the first-string gig.
Harris (6-foot-3, 253 pounds) isn't unlike fellow 2017 first-round pick Derek Barnett in that he's a small SEC defensive end who was highly productive in college despite concerning workout metrics. A 4.82-second 40, 109-inch broad jump and 32-inch vertical put a red flag into Harris' prospect profile, but at the Missouri pro day he improved his broad jump to 118 inches, and his vertical to 37.5. Those improvements were quite reassuring, and his 30.5 tackles for loss over the last two years give reason to believe in his skill set.
Butler is being prepared to play as Misi looks to be a game time decision. He has only been with the team for a little over two weeks but the team has been anxious to see what he can do with an expanded role and they just might get to see it Thursday.
Watts sat out the team's first two preseason contests with an undisclosed injury and only saw limited action in the third game, not recording any tackles. It remains to be seen if he'll make the 53-man roster, if he does it'll likely be due to special teams play rather than for his linebacker play, since he's played with the third team defense.
Williams hasn't had much success in his career, but, if Week 1 is any indication, 2016 could be his best. He had just nine tackles since being drafted in 2013, all of which came last season. He's one of the primary backups at defensive end in Kansas City and will likely continue to see a mild number of snaps each week.
The 2016 sixth-round selection logged only 19 offensive snaps as a rookie, buried on the wideout depth chart behind Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, and (at times) fellow rookie Leonte Carroo. Listed at only 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds, Grant primarily contributed on special teams, returning 19 kicks for 439 yards and 20 punts for 165 yards and a touchdown. With Landry, Parker, and Stills all returning, Grant will have to compete with Carroo and Rashawn Scott for the No. 4 and 5 receiver spots. In the event of an injury to one of Miami's top-3 wideouts, Carroo would be the best bet to step into a regular role. Grant likely will need to earn his keep as a return specialist and occasional gadget player.
Rambo enters his fourth season in the league after a 2015 campaign with the Bills in which he appeared in 15 games and racked up 58 tackles (44 solo), one sack, one interception, six passes defensed, and two forced fumbles. He figures to serve as Walt Aikens' backup at strong safety.
Duarte didn't appear in any games as an undrafted rookie with the Dolphins in 2016, though he was on the active roster for a few weeks. He'll look to make the opening week roster and see some on-field action in 2017.
Tankersley looks like a nice pick here. He's a big corner at 6-foot-1, 199 pounds with 32 and 1/4-inch arms, but showed good speed with a 4.4-second 40 at the Combine. With Byron Maxwell and Tony Lippett already in Miami, the Dolphins are loaded with big corners.
The Dolphins made an aggressive trade to move up and select Carroo in the third round of last year's draft, despite already having fellow wideouts Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, and Kenny Stills on the roster. Stills was entering the final year of his contract after an ugly 2015 season, but he bounced back strong in 2016 and then re-signed with the team this offseason. Carroo is coming off a debut season in which he only caught three passes on 103 snaps and was ultimately dropped to the bottom of the depth chart behind fellow rookies Rashawn Scott and Jakeem Grant. Barring an injury to one of Miami's top-3 wideouts, Carroo likely will enter training camp competing with Scott and Grant for the No. 4 job.
Adam Gase coached Thomas when he scored 24 touchdowns over two seasons with Denver and plans once again to take advantage of his skills in the red zone. While a return to those glory days would seem unlikely, Thomas should reach pay dirt more than the nine times he did with the Jaguars over the past two seasons.
A 2014 sixth-round selection, Fales will be reunited with Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who served as the Bears' offensive coordinator in 2015 while Fales was with the team. The 26-year-old quarterback made his first career regular-season appearance in Week 17 last season, attempting five passes at the end of a blowout. He's a long shot to make it through final cuts, as the Dolphins have one of the NFL's top backup quarterbacks in Matt Moore.
Suh didn't participate in the first half of the program earlier this spring also as is his right in the CBA. The good news is that he has completely recovered from knee surgery and should once again be one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL.
Landry is currently set to earn under $1 million this season, which comes after he's led the Dolphins in receptions in each of his first three NFL campaigns. As not only Miami's top offensive playmaker, but also one of the team's leaders in the locker room, he's someone the organization hopes to secure to a long-term contract. Knowing that initiative, and after seeing many of his teammates taken care of financially this offseason, Landry's faith in striking a deal is evidenced by his decision to attend the Dolphins' voluntary workouts, keeping a harmonious relationship between he and the team as preparations turn toward the 2017 campaign.
Barrow was waived with an injury designation in the preseason and reverted to IR after clearing waivers. He could latch on with a team in need of special teams help or depth at linebacker.
A fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft, Cameron emerged in a big way during the 2013 season, catching 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns for an otherwise unremarkable Cleveland team. He's subsequently been hampered by a series of concussions, which arguably impacted his play even when he was healthy. Cameron acknowledged as much in his retirement statement, saying he had started thinking about the concussions while on the field. He'll wisely put his long-term health above the possibility of squeezing out a few more seasons, hanging up his cleats at the age of 28. The Dolphins have already moved on, acquiring pass-catching tight end Julius Thomas in a February trade with the Jaguars.
Alonso agreed to a first-round tender with the team earlier in the month but it's no secret the two sides have been trying to reach a long-term deal throughout the offseason. The fifth-year linebacker, who led the Dolphins with 115 tackles last season while adding six tackles for loss, two interceptions and a forced fumble, will now be staying in South Beach through the 2020 season.
That comes out to a 76.2% success rate which is well below the norm in today's NFL. Franks has a big leg but only attempted two FG over 50-yards this season which could lead you to wonder if the coaching staff just doesn't trust him. Franks was 41-42 on extra point attempts but that won't be enough to solidify his job for next season.
Hull played in all 16 games for Miami last season, registering one start and recording 33 tackles and an interception. He'll figure to be a backup linebacker again in 2017, but he could see a slightly increased role on defense.
Perry hasn't appeared in an NFL regular season game since his rookie season in 2014 with the Bears, but he'll have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot in Miami throughout the upcoming offseason.
James fifth-year option will be worth roughly $8.1 million since he was the 19th pick of the 2014 draft. The decision to pick up the option likely means that James will be the Dolphins' starting right tackle for at least the next two years.
McCain was able to practice in full during the week and likely won't be limited Saturday. He's expected start opposite Tony Lippett once again.
Paysinger was held out of practice early in the week but was able to work his way up to a full participation in Friday's practice and was ultimately expected to play.
There was a school of thought that Fede would be best used on the inside but for now that plan has been scratched. Fede will have a difficult time getting on the field with Cameron Wake and Charles Harris among several ends that will be ahead of him on the depth chart.
The 35-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down, as recorded 29 tackles to go along with 11.5 sacks through 16 games last season. He'll remain a staple of the Miami defense for at least the next two seasons.
Doughty's release leaves the Dolphins with just two options at quarterback in Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore, while the team had to make room for defensive tackle Chris Jones who they signed Wednesday. Given he clears waivers, Doughty figures to be added to Miami's practice squad in hopes they can keep him as part of the organization moving forward. The rookie is expected to get another shot at an NFL roster in the future.
The NFL has a policy against gambling in which players are barred from being a part of promotional events in casinos. Despite the impending fine, he'll soon embark upon his third offseason program with the Dolphins acting within a passing attack led by QB Ryan Tannehill, wideouts Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker, and tight end Julius Thomas.
Ajayi had 50 receptions for 535 yards and four touchdowns in his final season at Boise State, but that pass-catching ability has yet to translate to the NFL, with the 2015 fifth-round selection catching only 34 passes for 241 yards in 24 professional appearances. He broke out for a 260-1,272-8 rushing line last season, adding 27 catches (on 34 targets) for a meager 151 yards -- managing nearly as many yards per carry (4.9) as yards per reception (5.6). While he still figures to cede at least a portion of the passing-down snaps to Damien Williams and/or Kenyan Drake, it sounds as if Ajayi will be more involved as a receiver this season.
The backup tight end will thus close out the regular season on the sidelines, with Dion Sims and MarQueis Gray helming the position once again.
Maxwell missed the final two games of the regular season as well as the Dolphins' lone playoff appearance due to an unspecified ankle issue. It isn't clear if he required corrective surgery this offseason or what his rehab regimen entails, but it doesn't appear as if Maxwell will miss a beat this offseason in regard to preparation for the 2017 campaign.
Taylor (6-foot-3, 304 pounds) looks like a very nice pick for Miami here. He totaled 21.5 tackles for loss over the last two years at Oklahoma State, and at the Combine he showed encouraging athletic metrics -- his 5.07-second 40, 108-inch broad jump, and 7.58-second three-cone drill were all good for his size.
Chekwa signed on with Miami in early October, but didn't register in the box score during any game. However, he went down with a hamstring injury Sunday against the Jets and appears to be sidelined for an uncertain period of time.
Jones had a brief holdout last year during offseason activities, unhappy with the terms of his team-friendly contract that had two years remaining. Despite missing the final 10 games of last season with a torn rotator cuff, he finally gets the deal he has wanted all along, becoming one of the highest-paid safeties in the NFL. The contract strongly suggests Miami isn't worried about Jones' shoulder, as reported back in February. He's expected to participate in the team's offseason program.
Tannehill is five months removed from spraining the ACL and MCL in his knee, but the quarterback was reported to be free of restrictions by March. With Gase saying Tannehill, "looks just like he did last year", it seems his injury is no longer something fantasy owners should carry any concern over. If anything, they should be encouraged by his grasp of Gase's offense as they enter a second season together, and his improved supporting cast provides further reason to be excited about his stock.
Scott's promotion makes him the sixth receiver on the Dolphins' roster, and suggests that DeVante Parker (back), who missed practice Wednesday, might not be ready to play by the time Sunday rolls around. If Parker does sit, Scott is still the fifth wide receiver on the depth chart, curbing his fantasy value.
The Rams are also sending their seventh round pick to Miami to secure the 206th selection in the upcoming draft. Hayes, 31, is entering the second year of a three-year, $17.5 million contract. He'll add depth at defensive end for the Dolphins, but the team's edge depth will likely result in a reduction in snaps for Hayes in 2017.
Lucas appears to have cemented his role as a depth corner in Miami. Despite overcoming the leg injury that he suffered back in early August, the Penn State product is not expected to take on a bigger role with the defense this season.
A rookie in 2016, Pitts had three tackles in eight appearances. He'll be a depth secondary and special teams player once again in 2017, but he could earn some extra time on the field.
Allen spent the past two seasons in Oakland, but he was merely a reserve option behind first-round rookie Karl Joseph in 2016. He also dealt with a bad MCL injury throughout the year and didn't participate in the Raiders' lone playoff game due to a concussion. However, with The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reporting that Allen has returned to full strength, look for the 2010 second-rounder to compete for a starting gig now that he's with the Dolphins.